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How To Start Your Day With Clarity And Focus

Feel like mornings are the most stressful part of the day? Here's how to start your day with clarity and focus so you can have the most productive morning ever! Plus, there’s a free morning routine planner that you can download to make the process easier!

Do you ever feel like mornings are the most stressful part of the day? Most of us do, and it’s often because we don’t start our day with a clear mind. Instead, we wake up feeling hazy, snooze our alarms, and barely have time to think before we’re rushing out the door to get to work.

After the rush, we sit at our desks frantically trying to figure out how we’re going to get everything done. By lunchtime, we’re left wondering where the morning went with nothing yet crossed off of our to-do lists.

Feel like mornings are the most stressful part of the day? Here's how to start your day with clarity and focus so you can have the most productive morning ever! Plus, there’s a free morning routine planner that you can download to make the process easier!

It’s safe to say that most of us could do with a morning revamp. Something to make our mornings less stressful, more enjoyable, and more purposeful. The morning sets the tone for the rest of the day, which is why it’s so important to start the day with a clear mind.

Instead of rushing around every morning, let’s aim to start our days with more clarity. Why? Because waking up with clarity leads to more positivity, productivity, and peace of mind.

If you feel like mornings are the most stressful part of the day, here’s how to start your day with clarity and focus so you can have the most productive morning ever! Plus, I’ve included a free morning planner that you can download to make the process easier!

The Night Before

The first step to waking up with a clearer mind actually begins the night before. By planning a few simple things before you go to bed, you can wake up with a clearer focus for your day. Here are a few things to do before you go to bed:

1. Plan your to-do list

Get a clear idea of what you need to do tomorrow by writing your to-do list before you go to sleep. Use this time to empty your head of any idea or task that might be floating around in your head. After you’ve written your to-do list, choose your top three priorities from the list. These are the three things that must get done, either because of a deadline or because they’ll make life easier in the long run. The rest of your to-do list then becomes an ‘if I have time’ list. Now you know exactly what you need to work on when your day starts tomorrow.

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2. Minimize the struggle

Save time in the morning by minimizing the amount of work you need to do when you get out of bed. This might include preparing your breakfast or lunch, choosing your outfit, and getting your bag ready to go. You can also reduce distractions when you wake up by leaving your phone in airplane mode or do not disturb mode while you sleep.

3. Declutter your space

If you wake up to a cluttered room, chances are your mind will feel cluttered too. Before you go to bed, declutter the space around you (put clothes, papers, products, etc. away) so you can wake up to a clear space and clear mind. This small step can make a huge difference in your mornings since your environment can impact your mood.

In the morning

Now that we’ve established what you can do the night before, let’s talk about what to do when you wake up to start your day with clarity:

1. Review your goals and plans

Break the habit of checking your phone in the morning by replacing it with a new habit: reviewing your plans for the day. You’ve done the work of planning your to-do list already, so make sure you remind yourself what it is you’ve set out to do. Take a moment to review your to-do list and top priorities for the day before doing anything else in the morning.

2. Start with a SIMPLE mindfulness practice

Often we hear about elaborate morning routines that sound wonderful, but in reality, they are too time-intensive for a lot of us. Instead of an elaborate practice, choose something you can do for 10 minutes to help clear your mind. This could be journaling, meditation, yoga, music, drinking a cup of tea/coffee, saying affirmations, reading, devotions – whatever you like that will start your day on the right foot.

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3. Identify what you’re grateful for

Identifying what you’re grateful for is one of the best ways to start your day with more clarity. By remembering the good things that are going on in your life, you can start the day on a positive and thankful note. Plus, the act of thinking of what you’re grateful for gets your mind into a focused state. Before you get started with the rest of your day, think of or write down three things that put a smile on your face.

The key to a stress-free morning is to get clear on your priorities, reduce distractions, and center yourself with a grounding practice. This may seem like a lot of work, but it’s going to prevent you from feeling overwhelmed in the morning (and the rest of the day). Now that you’ve started your morning without distractions, a clear plan for the day, and a grounding practice, you’re reading to take on the day!

About the Author
Picture of Catherine Beard
Hi, I'm Catherine! As the creator of The Blissful Mind, I love exploring ways to make life more fulfilling, especially when it comes to our daily routines, habits, and well-being.

12 Responses

  1. What a lovely post! Lately I’ve been making myself wake up early enough so I actually get things done in the day! I work from home, so I would just get up whenever I felt like it! Now it’s always between 8-8:30. I have my morning coffee in bed, check social sites. But when I’ve finished that cup it’s time to get up and get going on my day of things to do! Having those 10 minutes in the morning just to chill and ‘wake up’ is a must I think!
    Much love, caitylis x x

  2. Writing a to-do list the night before makes such a difference, especially when it comes to my sleeping habits! Flushing everything out before I go to bed ensures that I won’t be tossing and turning as thoughts about what I need to get done pop into my head throughout the night. Starting your day off with gratitude is so important and sets you up for a much more positive day! Thank you for this helpful post!

    Mia |

  3. Thank you so much for this post. I suffer with terrible brain fog and without morning routine I just can’t set myself out to a productive day. I will try out the routine tomorrow, as mines getting a bit boring. Thanks again and sound really great! :) x

  4. Slowly starting to get in the habit of these practices. My schedule is all over the place, but when I do these, boy do they make a difference! It truly sets your attitude and productivity level for the entire day! I’m so glad that you shared this :)


  5. Such a great structure to begin and end your day, Catherine! I am in SUCH great need of developing these night/morning routines right now and I’m grateful for a long weekend to rest and reflect on how to incorporate more mindfulness and peace into starting each day. It’s so important for health!

  6. Love these ideas too. I think I am going to start trying to moving part of my morning routine into the evening before (as silly as that sounds) ?

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